Posted on 13th Dec 2017 16:22:01
York now has its third Harry Potter themed shop on the same street! It seems the enthusiasm for the Boy Wizard will never die! It would be nice to think that this world of make-believe world of spells and magic wands would encourage children to try and take up my sort of magic.
This is where Children’s magic sets come into their own. You can buy many great value kits that include everything for a kid this Christmas to put on their own show, and hopefully get hooked into the great hobby it is, whether they want to take it up professionally one day or not.
A magic kit has can help with a child’s development – It allows them to develop fine motor skills, increases confidence if performing to other people and self-esteem when people are amazed and what they have achieved. Even science agrees! "Teach magic lessons in school," - Guardian 12/09/08
Depending on the age there are various ways to start. For young children, the brand leader is Marvin’s Magic. These are ubiquitous in all toy shops, being what Paul Daniels magic sets were when I was a child. Most of these have the same tricks in, small plastic mini illusions. For a better-quality children's set, I have seen is from Melissa & Doug. This set includes 10 tricks constructed from wood. Adult magicians even use bigger versions of these props!
“The magic isn’t in the trick, it’s in the [audience’s] eyes.” - David Blaine
For a Marvin's set then this one has hundreds of tricks, enough to occupy through the winter months...
For those, a little older a good start could be a DVD or Book. I have mentioned in a previous post my top 5 beginner books which can be found here in a post from March 2016. You can go wild and spend a fortune on gimmicks and tricks but it is best to start with the basics and work your way up. In addition to the classic books mentioned there, I would also recommend Joshua Jay. An excellent modern magician who has produced a great beginners book with DVD
For all other beginner magic visit a good magic shop, either a bricks and mortar shop or online - a good place is the beginner's section of a magic shop such as Merchant of Magic - Beginners Tricks
Anyway, hope you all have a magical Christmas and hope some people start magic!
"A lot of unconfident kids do tricks because it’s the quickest route to impressing people” - Derren Brown